Ohio History Journal

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VOL. XXIV. No. 4.



WILLIAM H. COLE, recently appointed trustee of the Ohio State

Archaeological and Historical Society, is a resident of Sabina, and by

education and taste brings to the office special

qualifications for the discharge of its duties.

He was born in Hillsboro, Highland County,

Ohio, July 29, 1840.   Upon completing a

course of study in the public schools of his

native town he was elected principal of the

Walnut Street school. After teaching in the

schools of Hillsboro a year he entered the

Ohio Wesleyan University, at Delaware, Ohio,

from which institution he was graduated with

the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1868, and

three years later took his Master's degree.

After his graduation he was called to the

principalship of the Home School, Nashville,

Tennessee, which position he resigned to ac-

cept the superintendency of the public schools of Wilmington, Ohio.

These schools he organized upon the plan of the modern graded school.

In 1874 he resigned the superintendency of the schools of Wilming-

ton to accept the superintendency of the schools of Lawrence, Kansas.

After two years connection with the schools of Lawrence he returned

for a time to collegiate work, having been elected to the Chair of

Elocution and History in the University of Missouri. He then returned

to his native state, having been elected to the superintendency of the

schools of Marysville, Ohio, where he remained for twenty-one years,

organizing these schools under the modern graded system.

He was then called to the superintendency of the city schools of

Huntington, W. Va. While superintendent of schools he was instru-

mental in securing for the city of Huntington a handsome Carnegie

Library building, vitally connecting the library with the work of the

public schools.

After eight years of service as superintendent of the schools of

Huntington he retired from active educational work and is now engaged

in agricultural pursuits, affording a practical illustration of "Back to

the Farm."